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John Singleton dies at 51 after suffering stroke

R.I.P: John Singleton

"BOYZ N the Hood" director John Singleton has passed away due to complications from a stroke he suffered nearly two weeks ago. He was 51.

His family announced his death on Monday (Apr 29) shortly after they confirmed that he had been taken off life support.

"John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends," his family said in a statement.

"We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpour of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time," they added. "We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received."

Singleton was known for his work highlighting African American life and culture, including Poetic Justice and Baby Boy, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers plus more.

The director also became the youngest and the first black filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination for best director and best original screenplay for Boyz n the Hood starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, Regina King and Laurence Fishburne.

"His films and the incredible influence they had will be studied forever," Singleton's talent agency ICM said. "John was a consummate professional in every way and an extraordinary friend. We were blessed to have had John in our lives. He is simply gone too soon."

The Academy Award-nominated director was placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering a stroke April 17 while in the hospital. He reportedly had checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after experiencing weakness in his leg, according to TMZ.

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